Hibernian 1 - 3 St Johnstone

Match info: Scottish Premiership at Easter Road Stadium

Date: 11/02/2013 KO: 19:30 Ref: K Clancy Att: 8,735

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Hibernian

Leigh Griffiths 82

1
vs
3

St J'stone

Rowan Vine 23,26
Patrick Cregg 58

FT (ht: 0-2)

  • Last Updated: February 11 2013, 22:50 GMT

Manager Steve Lomas admits he would love another crack at European football after watching St Johnstone produce an impressive 3-1 win over Hibernian on Monday night.

Steve Lomas: Treating each game left as a cup final
Steve Lomas: Treating each game left as a cup final

The victory at Easter Road allowed Saints to leapfrog their hosts into fourth spot in the Clydesdale Bank Premier League.

The Perth club faced Eskisehirspor in Europa League qualifying back in July and, with eight games to go until the league split, Lomas is keen to remain in the hunt for a European spot this time.

He said: "We really enjoyed our European adventure and we would love to get back there but it's so tight this year and we've got a lot of tough games.

"But I did say to the lads that we've got eight games and that's our cup run.

"What can we do? Treat each game as a cup final and see where it takes us."

Rowan Vine grabbed a double and Patrick Cregg was also on the scoresheet, before Leigh Griffiths pulled a goal back late on.

Lomas added: "It was very good from start to finish.

"We've had a few games this season where we have had good performances and sometimes haven't got what we deserved.

"But I thought we thoroughly deserved it tonight and if it had been by two or three more, there probably couldn't have been much complaint."

The scoreline could have been even more comfortable had Steven MacLean converted from the penalty spot but he was denied by goalkeeper Ben Williams.

Asked if Vine - who was chasing a hat-trick - fancied the spot kick himself, Lomas said: "He probably did.

"But we decided that once the penalty-taker was decided before the game, we stuck to it no matter what the situation was.

"Unfortunately, Steven has missed it but all credit to the goalkeeper.

"That's five out of seven he has saved and that's an unbelievable penalty ratio."

Hibs boss Pat Fenlon admits Saints simply wanted the points more on the night.

He said: "It was bitterly disappointing to be honest.

"There was nothing in the game up until the first goal but, after that, we were all over the place and it wasn't good enough.

"I thought St Johnstone played really well but they also worked tremendously hard and we didn't have that tonight.

"I can't say that too many times about my team this year but definitely tonight we lacked that little bit of urgency, hunger and desire.

"They looked like they wanted it a little bit more than us."


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